Re: [TLS] OCSP must staple

Yoav Nir <> Fri, 13 June 2014 04:52 UTC

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Subject: Re: [TLS] OCSP must staple
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On Jun 13, 2014, at 2:44 AM, Brian Smith <> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:45 PM, Yoav Nir <> wrote:
> On Jun 12, 2014, at 9:21 PM, Brian Smith <> wrote:
>> Thanks for sharing that information. Does your product copy all the certificate policies from the original certificate into the forged certificate? If your product doesn't copy certificate policies it doesn't understand, then there wouldn't be an interop issue with your product and the use of certificate policies for Must-Staple, even if your product doesn't generate short-lived certificates.
> IIRC we don’t copy certificate policies at all, but I could be wrong. 
>  It would be great to get a more definitive confirmation of that, not just from you, but from other vendors of similar products.

The weekend for us is Friday+Saturday, so I’ll only be able to check this only on Sunday.

> The thing is, a browser like Mozilla has to work with many different interceptors around, so there might be one that does copy all extensions, but doesn’t make short-lived certificates.
> I agree there probably is one that is especially problematic like that. But, it seems like we should actually find such a problematic one deployed before we start limiting the usefulness of the feature to accommodate it.

A TLS proxy acts as both CA and server for the client. If it emits a certificate that says it must staple and then doesn’t staple, then the proxy is the one with the bug, the “last one who changed” doctrine notwithstanding.

OCSP stapling has privacy benefits. I don’t think it’s warranted to disable that feature because of somebody else’s implementation bug.